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Early Signees And Early Enrollees — Mississippi State

MISS STATE UPDATEDan Mullen’s list of early enrollees and signees continues to grow down in Starkville…

 

Brandon Bryant, S

Deion Calhoun, OL

Logan Cooke, K/P

Deshon Cooper, LB

Nick Fitzgerald, QB

Jamoral Graham, WR

JT Gray, S

Gerri Green, LB

Grant Harris, DT

Braxton Hoyett, DT

Darrion Hutcherson, TE

Jesse Jackson, WR

Elgton Jenkins, OL

Jocquelle Johnson, OL

Dontavian Lee, RB

Chris Rayford, CB

Elijah Staley, QB

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Not Again: LSU Could Lose Several Juniors To The NFL

NOSTALGIA © 1998 PhotoSpin www.powerphotos.comLSU fans must cringe whenever the NFL draft is mentioned.  Not only do the Tigers lose their share of graduating seniors each year, but they also see their ranks decimated by early-departees.  Last season, for example, LSU lost 10 underclassmen to the pro ranks and that’s not even counting dismissed/suspended junior Tyrann Mathieu.

Why bring this up now?  Because Jim Kleinpeter of The Baton Rouge Advocate points out that it could be a case of deja vu on the Bayou this January.

The Tigers could lose underclassmen:

 

Odell Beckham, WR

La’El Collins, LT

Ego Ferguson, DT

Jeremy Hill, RB

Kenny Hilliard, RB

Anthony Johnson, DT

Jarvis Landry, WR

 

Running back Alfred Blue was just granted a medical hardship year but sources at LSU tell Kleinpeter he’s going to turn pro anyway.

Les Miles can’t be happy with the idea of losing 18 underclassmen — 19 if you count Mathieu — in a two-year period.  As we’ve seen with LSU’s defense this year, it’s not easy to continually turnover players and put freshmen and sophomores onto the field before they’re ready.

Perhaps Miles should call John Calipari for advice.  If all of the juniors above leave early, LSU will be well on its way to becoming the football equivalent of Kentucky’s baskeball program — Early Exit U.

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10 SEC Players To Risk The Dreaded “Green Room Wait” At NFL Draft

Aaron Rodgers is the cautionary tale when it comes to players accepting invitations to attend the NFL draft in New York.  The former Cal quarterback who’s become one of the best quarterbacks in the pro game sat and sat and sat in the NFL’s green room during the 2005 draft.  Twenty-three players were snagged before Rodgers was finally thrown a lifeline by the Green Bay Packers.  The rest is history.

 

Aaron Rodgers NFL Draft

 

If you watch the NFL draft each year you know that Rodgers’ history is shared by ESPN and NFL Network with great regularity.  When someone in attendance waits and waits, comparisons to Rodgers are inevitable.  And who wants to be the last guy left in the green room?

The NFL has announced that 23 players have decided to risk an embarrassing wait on national television by attending this year’s selection party.  Ten of those 23 players come from the SEC:

 

Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama

Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

Eric Reid, S, LSU

Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

 

For those 10 young men it’s pretty clear that the dream of walking across the stage and grabbing a cap and jersey outweighs the fear of having to sit for a longer than expected time in the waiting area… with a television camera pointed at them.

Good luck to one and all.

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WOW Headlines – 4/3/13

Georgia has unveiled re-branded Nike uniforms for all of its athletic teams, but the colors and main “G” logo will remain
Georgia OT John Theus is moving from left tackle to right tackle this spring
Auburn OT Avery Young is hoping to receive a medical redshirt after missing last season
Tennessee S Brian Randolph says his is about 80% recovered from an ACL injury suffered last season
Florida DE Dominique Easley is moving to DT this spring
Ole Miss DE Kaleb Eulls is moving to DT this spring
Steve Spurrier says South Carolina QB Connor Shaw should be 100% by June following foot surgery
BBVA Compass will cease sponsoring a Birmingham-based, SEC-affiliated bowl after this season
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SEC Recruiting Battles For The Biggest Names Rage On

ancient-greek-warfare-3With less than 48 hours to go until National Signing Day, SEC programs are dominating the national recruiting scene.  As usual.

Rivals.com has five SEC schools ranked among its top 10 recruiting class countdown and nine SEC schools in its top 20.

Still a number of battles for America’s biggest name prospects appear as though they’ll rage on right down to the wire.  Below are 12 top stars to keep an eye on as you prep for college football’s mid-winter holiday:

 

* Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Loganville GA, #1 player according to Rivals

The #1 player in the nation (according to Rivals) was once expected to be a lock for Hugh Freeze’s on-the-move Ole Miss program.  But after a weekend visit to LSU, Nkemdiche  tweeted: “LSU pushing man!!!! Getting hard now!”  The Rebels have the lead, but the Tigers are closing fast.

 

* Laquon Treadwell, WR, Crete IL, #5 player according to Rivals

The top receiver in the country is committed to Ole Miss.  His tweet last week — showing several hundred-dollar bills in his possession right after a visit to Oxford — raised a number of eyebrows and left Hugh Freeze defending his program.  Though committed to the Rebels, Treadwell is still getting some pub today because Oklahoma State star running back Thurman Thomas tweeted a pro-Cowboy message to him last month… an incident the school was unaware of until recently.  We only include him on this list because he tends to stay in the headlines.

 

* Jalen Ramsey, CB, Nashville TN, #10 player according to Rivals

A Southern California commit for quite a while, Ramsey is still being connected to both Florida and Florida State as they work to change his mind.

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SEC Early Entrants 2013

nfl-draft-podium-tightThe NFL early entry deadline had come and gone and SEC teams took quite a hit.  Not surprising considering the SEC leads the nation in recruiting rankings every February and in NFL draft picks every April.  With that much talent in SEC programs, there will always be a number of stars leaving prior to their senior seasons.

In all, 33 players from the league submitted their paperwork to the NFL for early entry into the draft.  More could have changed their mind at the last minute, but for now we know of 33.  That number includes former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu who did not play with the Tigers in 2012 due to a suspension.

 

ALABAMA — 3

DJ Fluker, OT

Eddie Lacy, RB

Dee Milliner, CB

 

ARKANSAS — 2

Alvin Bailey, OG

Knile Davis, RB

 

AUBURN — 1

Corey Lemonier, DE

 

FLORIDA –4

Matt Elam, S

Sharrif Floyd, DT

Jelani Jenkins, LB

Jordan Reed, TE

 

GEORGIA — 3

Kwame Geathers, DT

Jarvis Jones, LB

Alec Ogletree, LB

 

KENTUCKY — 0

 

LSU — 11

Chris Faulk, OT

Michael Ford, RB

Bennie Logan, DT

Tyrann Mathieu, CB (already off team)

Barkevious Mingo, DE

Kevin Minter, LB

Sam Montgomery, DE

Eric Reid, S

Tharold Simon, CB

Spencer Ware, RB

Brad Wing, P

 

MISS. STATE — 0

 

MISSOURI — 1

Sheldon Richardson, DT

 

OLE MISS — 0

 

S. CAROLINA — 2

Marcus Lattimore, RB

Ace Sanders, WR

 

TENNESSEE — 4

Tyler Bray, QB

Justin Hunter, WR

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR

Darrington Sentimore, DT

 

TEXAS A&M — 2

Luke Joeckel, OT

Damontre Moore, DE

 

VANDERBILT — 0

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Four SEC Footballers Named To “The Freak List”

Somehow missed this one earlier in the week, but Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com has compiled what he calls his “Freak List,” the 10 craziest athletes in college football.  And by crazy, he means “the top workout warriors or players who amaze their teammates and coaches whith what they can do in the weight room, on the track or in some other ‘wow” aspect of athleticism.

You can get the full explainers right here.  We’ll just tell you that four SEC players made this year’s list with three other just missing the cut.  And those super-skilled athletes are…

 

2.  Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina

3.  Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

6.  Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas

8.  Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn (transfer from Northwestern)

 

Just missing the list were:

 

Eric Reid, DB, LSU

Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

Lerentee McCray, LB, Florida

 

(You can tell its May when people start posting all their different lists.  It’s not football or basketball season… it’s list season.)

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Nine SEC Players To Attend NFL Draft

The threats of the NFL players union have apparently fallen on deaf ears when it comes to this year’s incoming class of rookies.  A record 25 college players will attend the NFL Draft ceremonies in New York this week… despite the players’ union making it clear that it would prefer rookies not walk across the stage and shake the commissioner Roger Goodell’s hand on national television.

While the players attending might have some fences to mend — and some extra hazing to deal with — once the NFL season actually launches, the draft is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  It’s unfair for veterans who’ve already had their shot at the draft to deprive the league’s top newcomers of the same opportunities they once had.

Of the 25 players planning to attend the draft, nine come from the SEC:

Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky
Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
AJ Green, WR, Georgia
Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
Mike Pouncey, OG/C, Florida

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SEC To Provide Big Ten For NFL

Todd McShay of ESPN.com has spat forth his latest mock NFL draft and 10 first round picks — he believes — will come from the SEC.

Here’s his latest projection:


1.  Carolina Panthers — Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
4.  Cincinnati Bengals — AJ Green, WR, Georgia
5.  Arizona Cardinals — Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
7.  San Francisco 49ers — Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
8.  Tennessee Titans — Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
10.  Washington Redskins — Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
15.  Miami Dolphins — Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
19.  New York Giants — Mike Pouncey, C/G, Florida
27.  Atlanta Falcons — Justin Houston, LB, Georgia
29.  Chicago Bears — Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State


No offense to Dareus, but Fairley dominated the SEC and the BCS Championship Game.  He may be a head case — and that’s apparently the issue as teams have been unimpressed with his interviews — but the guy can play when he’s motivated.

When push comes to shove, we believe some team will roll the dice on his talent well before pick #8.

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Breaking Down South Carolina

South Carolina

Signees/Enrollees: 30

5-stars: 0
4-stars: 5
3-stars: 25

Jerell Adams, TE, SC ***
Rory Anderson, TE, GA ***
KJ Brent, WR, NC ***
Kaleb Broome, OL, GA ***
Shon Carson, RB, SC ***
Ahmad Christian, ATH, FL ***
Cedrick Cooper, LB, GA ***
Gerald Dixon, DE, SC ***
Gerald Dixon Jr, DT, SC, ***
Phillip Dukes, DT, SC ****
Deon Green, DT, FL ***
Kyle Harris, OL, GA ***
Mason Harris, LB, GA ***
Shamier Jeffery, WR, SC ***
Kadetrix Marcus, DB, GA ***
Ronnie Martin, DB, SC ***
Martay Mattox, QB, GA ***
Mike Matulis, OL, FL ***
Tanner McEvoy, ATH, NJ ***
Quincy McKinney, OL, GA ***
Edward Muldrow, LB, GA ***
Drew Owens, TE, NC ***
Kelcy Quarles, DT, VA ****
Marcquis Roberts, LB, GA ***
Sheldon Royster, DB NJ ****
Brandon Shell, OL, SC ****
Will Sport, OL, FL ***
Angelo Watley, LB, GA ***
Brandon Wilds, RB, SC ***
Brison Williams, DB, VA ****


* That’s no typo in the list above.  Carolina did sign two different defensive lineman named Gerald Dixon.

* Twenty of South Carolina’s 30 new players come from either Carolina or Georgia.

* The Gamecocks inked 10 prospects to play in their defensive front seven.

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